For Ian Bell, the beginning of the end came at the back end of the summer when he began to think about his future. It happens to all cricketers. The second even a scintilla of doubt creeps in, the edge inevitably goes.
England's lack of focus is a little short-sighted.
Alastair Cook has given an honest appraisal of Jos Buttler’s start to life as an international cricketer before England’s second Test with Pakistan in Dubai, admitting the longest form of the game remains his wicketkeeper’s “least natural” when it comes to batting.
The Nottingham Forest fan has light-heartedly backed the Newcastle United goalkeeper for the Three Lions squad.
You could have bet the house, the family silver, the car and the cat on Alastair Cook making a century and batting through the day. There was never any doubt.
England will require a light touch to find success in the Middle East.
Alastair Cook again showed his ability to grind out runs in Asian conditions with a determined half-century against Pakistan A on the opening day of England’s first tour match, although for his fellow opener, Moeen Ali, the occasion proved an anticlimax.
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Eoin Morgan had told England to reconnect with their best of their one-day performances over the past 12 months and, despite a top-order implosion from the bad old days, they delivered on the order with a thrilling tie in their series opener with Sri Lanka.
Trevor Bayliss says that having an unchanged squad for next week’s third Test with Sri Lanka will assist those struggling for form, with Nick Compton and Steven Finn two such players in an otherwise buoyant England team.
HITC Sport writer Rana Malook caught up with West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle at the launch of his academy in London.
Ten seconds into our conversation, Chris Scott already knows where I’m heading.
England’s cricket teams are set for a change of kit supplier, with the American sportswear company New Balance poised to take over from Adidas in a five-year agreement.
Joe Root hopes England’s victorious Ashes campaign convinces Alastair Cook to remain as captain long into the future and has revealed that the team has been driven on this summer by the pain caused in the previous whitewash defeat by Australia.
Ben Stokes admitted he will probably never bat like that again in his life after the England all-rounder’s astonishing 258 lit up a historic, record-breaking day of Test cricket in Cape Town.
Alastair Cook hopes to draw a line under a selection issue he described as “slightly messy” and now wants the focus to be on squaring the series with Pakistan following some honest chats among the squad in the wake of their defeat at Lord’s.
So Pakistan’s four-man attack has outstripped England’s five. There is one obvious reason for that: Yasir Shah. The wrist spinner from the north-west frontier has been the key component in Pakistan’s victory in north‑west London. No Pakistan bowler had taken more than eight wickets at Lord’s. Here Yasir took six in the first innings, when he was not supposed to be so effective, and four in the second.
Marc Wilmots has been sacked as Belgium head coach following the national team’s poor showing at Euro 2016.